Reunion by Alan Lightman
A Novel

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Charles, a once-promising poet, is a professor at a minor liberal arts college, admiring of passion but without passion himself. Now living a desperately comfortable existence, he decides to return to his thirtieth college reunion. While there, he relives an intense love affair he had with a beautiful ballerina that forever changed his life.  At times shocked, admiring, and furious with his younger self, Charles remembers contradictory versions of events, until reality and identity dissolve into a haze of illusion.  Reunion explores the pain of self-examination, the clay-like nature of memory, and the fatal power of first love.   


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About Alan Lightman

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Alan Lightman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and educated at Princeton and the California Institute of Technology. His books include the novels Good Benito, The Diagnosis, and Reunion; a collection of essays and fables, Dance for Two; and several books on science. His latest, a collection of essays, A Sense of the Mysterious, will be published by Pantheon books in January 2005. He lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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What can you say about a pregnant ballerina who decides to have an abortion? Rather too much, as it turns out, in this fairly lugubrious fourth novel from the NBA-nominated author of The Diagnosis (2000).

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Reunion by Alan Lightman 352pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 In a culture where pigeonholing is everything, Alan Lightman has one of the most enviable market niches: he is the physicist who writes literary novels, the poet-scientist who can speak to both worlds.

Oct 04 2003 | Read Full Review of Reunion: A Novel

The Guardian

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Reunion by Alan Lightman Bloomsbury £12.99, pp192 The subject of scientist and novelist Alan Lightman's fourth novel is a 'disturbing and vicious reunion'.

Aug 10 2003 | Read Full Review of Reunion: A Novel

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He uses it to his advantage in "Reunion," an erotic tale of a classics professor named Charles who travels to his 30th college reunion only to recall an affair that stopped up his heart.

Jul 26 2003 | Read Full Review of Reunion: A Novel

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